Key Signs of Campus Violence You Need to Watch Out for

Key Signs of Campus Violence You Need to Watch Out for

After taking quick visits to several colleges and universities included on your shortlist, you finally decided to enroll in one that you strongly believe is the best place for you to study and transition into adulthood. But as the weeks went by, you started sensing that the overall atmosphere inside the campus of the college or university where you’re now officially a student is beginning to get increasingly hostile. You may want to trust your gut instincts then as campus violence might already be happening there, and these are some of its key signs that you need to watch out for:

1.) Someone who decides to commit an act of campus violence is displaying pathway warning behavior.

Contrary to what most people – including you – may think, campus violence doesn’t happen at random. In fact, the United States Secret Service, Department of Education, and Federal Bureau of Investigation had jointly declared in a 2010 report that campus violence could be classified as targeted violence since anyone who decides to engage in it makes sure to plan the act itself days, weeks or even months before.

  • A perpetrator of an act of campus violence often finds themselves stalking their victim’s social media account or following them inside the college or university’s campus.
  • The same perpetrator may also be searching the Internet for places where they can buy weapons that they need to successfully carry out the act of campus violence that they plan to commit.

 

2.) The perpetrator preoccupies themselves with either doing something bad to a hapless student or faculty member or submitting themselves to carrying out an illegal action in the name of some righteous cause or ideology.

A person who wants to commit an act of campus violence has obsession, revenge or blind fanaticism as ulterior motives in doing it.

  • A male perpetrator might be making sexual advances to a female victim, but the latter vehemently kept on rejecting them. The same culprit then decided one day to sexually assault the female victim inside a secluded area in the campus of the college or university where they’re both students.
  • A college or university student might also decide to carry out an act of campus violence to retaliate against a professor who gave them failed marks in a certain subject.
  • Lastly, a college or university student might have also seen something done by most students inside the campus which they believe is against a cause or ideology that they’re currently holding and thus decided to try to put an end to it – albeit by using violence.

 

3.) The perpetrator strongly identifies with other notorious fellow attackers.

Unlike most people who see perpetrators of acts of campus violence who have either been arrested or killed before by law enforcement, a college or university student bent on committing an act of campus violence might be holding those criminals in high regard. The said student might have even decided to take some cues from previously reported incidents of campus violence while carrying out a crime.

 

4.) The perpetrator is being subjected to undue pressure from their peers if they can commit an act of campus violence.

Most perpetrators of acts of campus violence don’t even look as if they can commit any crime when you look at them the first time around. However, they may have fallen into the wrong social group, which then led them to commit a crime inside the campus of the college or university where you’re both studying.

  • Your fellow college or university student who had fallen into the wrong group may have garnered straight A’s before and been well-liked inside the campus.
  • On the other hand, the clique that your fellow college or university student has joined may have had a history of attracting troublemaker students who had previously committed acts of campus violence themselves.
  • Your fellow college or university student may have only committed an act of campus violence to achieve a sense of belonging in the clique that they became a part of, though that reason doesn’t let them off the hook at all for what they did.

It’s quite unfortunate that only 35{a1bb51ed87ab2f9b26f9e91a476eab2ad3d3640c8f05d790a29b24b677946549} of violent acts occurring inside college and university campuses get reported to authorities. The victims themselves might be too traumatized to report the in-campus crime made against them or those who witnessed an act of campus violence being committed usually dismiss it as something that doesn’t merit the attention of law enforcement. Still, no one deserves to be a victim of campus violence at all. If you feel that something’s wrong with the college or university that you’re a student, you would want to read the above-listed signs of campus violence that you need to watch out for so that you can do something to stop it. If you ever find yourself caught in an act of campus violence and got yourself injured by a vehicle used by a perpetrator, this site may have the kind of lawyers to help you get acquainted with what to do as well.

 

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson is a promising young law writer. She hopes to apply her years of study into helping explain legal issues to the public. Ashley loves cooking and often cooks for her family during weekends.

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